EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: AFR 38/04/94
22 November 1994
Further information on UA 360/94 (AFR 38/03/94, 30 September 1994) - Fear of
torture / Legal concern
MAURITANIAMohamed Cheick Ould Sidi Yahya, Imam of Sebkha mosque, President
of "Umma", unofficial Islamist political party
Aboubekrin Ould Ahmed, former Minister of Culture and Islamic Orientation
Hassan Ould Moulay Ely, municipal councillor, member of the Union des Forces
Abdallah Ould Reggad, appeal court judge
El Hadj Abdelazziz Sy, Imam of El Mina mosque, Vice-President of "Umma"
Mohamed Moctar Ould Gaguih, former director of Islamic Orientation at the
Ministry of Culture and Islamic Orientation
Jemil Ould Mansour, journalist
Mohamed Ould Ragel, municipal councillor, and UFD member
Vall Ould Wreg
and at least 25 others
Amnesty International is seeking confirmation that all the islamist activists
arrested on or around the 25 September 1994 have been released. This is believed
to be the case in view of reports that the detainees were granted a presidential
pardon after 10 of them apparently confessed to belonging to secret islamic
organizations, such as the Organisation du Jihad en Mauritanie, Mauritanian
Organization for Jihad, whose aim was reportedly to take over power. Some
of those detained are believed to have been subjected to torture.
More than 60 islamist activists, including some foreign nationals, were detained
and held incommunicado for up to 16 days. Amnesty International believes that
at least some had no prior involvement in using or advocating violence and
were therefore prisoners of conscience.
No further action by the Urgent Action Network is requested at present. Thank
you to all who sent appeals.